For cold winter days make a cover for your hot-water bottle, then snuggle up

Hot-water bottle cover

Keep cosy in style during the colder months by sewing a pretty cover for your hot-water bottle

You will need

* 60 x 32cm pink floral fabric
* 50 x 22cm blue floral fabric
* 50 x 24cm blue ditzy fabric
* 15 x 25cm pink ditzy fabric (we used one pack of Spring Flowers fat quarters, code CCC014JU002P)
* One hot-water bottle – ours measured 20 x 32cm
* Wadding
* Paper-backed fusible webbing

The hot-water bottle template

1 Draw around your hot-water bottle on to paper, adding a 2.5cm seam allowance around it and 5cm at the bottle opening.

2 Draw two lines across the template, one 22cm down to form the lower section, the other 24cm down to form upper section.

Cutting out the hot-water bottle template

Appliqué heart: Use the picture as a guide to cut a heart shape out of the pink floral fabric and webbing.

Front panels: Use the template to cut two pieces of blue floral fabric and one piece of wadding for the upper section.

Repeat for the lower section using blue ditzy fabric.

Back panel: Use the hot water-bottle template to cut two pieces of pink floral fabric and one piece of wadding.

Floral trim: Cut two strips of pink ditzy fabric 5 x 25cm.

Neck tie: Cut one strip of pink ditzy fabric 5 x 20cm.

Making up

1 For the appliqué heart: Press the webbing to the wrong side of the fabric. Remove the paper from the back of the webbing and press to the right side of the lower front section.

Sew a running stitch around the edge.

2 Take the two back pieces, wrong sides facing, and sandwich the wadding in between. Pin and tack around the edges.

Do the same for the two front sections.

3 Make the floral trim by turning in a 1cm hem along the lengths, then fold in half lengthways and press.

Place the upper and lower sections in the fold of the trim and top-stitch to secure.

4 Pin the back, right side up, to the overlapping upper and lower front sections right side down.

Machine-stitch the outer edges with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving the top open.

5 Turn in the top opening twice by 1cm to form a double hem and hand-stitch. Turn the cover right side out via the front opening.

6 To make the tie, turn in a 1cm hem at the short ends and press.

With right sides facing, fold the strip in half lengthways and machine-stitch along the edge with a 5mm seam allowance.

Turn right side out and hand-stitch the ends. Tie around the hot-water bottle neck.

TIP

To turn the tie right side out, attach a safety pin to one end and feed through the fabric